Thursday April 24, 2014

World Cup: Terwiel will have to wait for Olympic berth

It was a disappointing Tuesday for Elli Terwiel on the World Cup slalom circuit. The native of Sun Peaks made a mistake on her first run in a race in Courchevel, France and missed out on qualifying for a second run by two one-hundredths of a second.

Terwiel, 24, is trying to secure a spot on Canada’s Alpine team at the Sochi Olympics. She finished 11th a World Cup stop in Levi Finland earlier this year and needs only one more top-12 finish to essentially guarantee her spot in Russia.

Marie-Michele Gagnon was Canada’s top racer, finishing sixth with a two-run combined time of one minute 46.81 seconds; it was Gagnon’s fifth top-10 result in eight World Cup races across three disciplines. Quebec’s Brittany Phelan secured her first World Cup points of the season with a 27th place finish, while Canadians Erin Mielzynski and Mikaela Tommy were among 25 racers who didn’t finish their first runs. Austria’s Marlies Schild finished first.

There are three World Cup slalom stops remaining in the Olympic qualification window, with the next race coming on Dec. 29 in Lienz, Austria.

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